Prominent factors such as the rising demand for bio-based packaging materials and growing concerns over fossil fuel depletion are projected to drive the green chemicals market at a CAGR of 8.9% during 2020–2030. The market was valued at $9,413.1 million in 2020 and it is expected to generate $22,039.0 million revenue by 2030. Green chemicals are non-toxic and do not emit sulfur dioxide or particulate matter, as they are derived from plant or animal waste.
The increasing adoption of bio-based packaging materials, on account of the growing concerns being raised over environmental degradation, is one of the key growth drivers of the market. The packaging industry is generating a high demand for packaging materials derived from renewable sources, such as plant and animal waste, as they are cost-effective, non-toxic, and require less raw materials for production. As compared to traditional materials, bio-based packaging materials are easier to dispose of and thus, their growing adoption helps in reducing environmental pollution to a considerable degree.
At present, the players in the green chemicals market are launching new products to attain a notable position. For example, in October 2019, Braskem introduced a new ‘I’m green’ recycled polypropylene in the U.S. to include its entire portfolio of circular economy products as a part of its commitment to aid in the transformation of the plastic chain from a linear economy into a circular economy. In a circular economy, the materials are utilized, disposed of, and then recycled in a circular manner.
According to P&S Intelligence, Europe accounted for the largest share in the green chemicals market in 2020, and it is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This can be ascribed to the high-volume consumption of green chemicals in the personal care, packaging, food and beverages, and automotive industries, owing to the increasing environmental concerns in the region. Moreover, the surging focus of the chemical industry on developing sustainable and eco-friendly solutions will also boost the market growth in Europe.
Therefore, the rapid depletion of fossil fuel reserves and escalating demand for bio-based packaging materials will boost the market growth in the upcoming years.